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A friend of mine has a severe seizure issue, he couldn't keep a job because of the issue because they kept putting him on medical leave, he's had the issue since he was 11. Time came when his computer couldn't keep up with our gaming and gaming being his only outlet due to inability to drive because of his condition and severe muscle soreness I decided to help him out and built this PC for him.

The internal photos were of the GPU that had to be RMA'd back to newegg, wound up upgrading to a GTX 660 and had to upgrade the PSU to a 500 watt corsair, tightened up the cable management then forgot to update the pictures before boxing it up to ship it to him, hopefully he'll take some pictures so I can add them.

All in all it went from building an inexpensive build that grew thanks to a nice sale on the I5 3570k CPU, it was completely out of my pocket but his happiness and appreciation was priceless as was having my favorite person to game with able to game with me again.

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  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

It's awesome that you built this for him, really nice gesture. I hope your friend is doing well, and enjoy gaming with him. Oh, and nice build too. :p

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I hope one day they figure out what is wrong with him but till then he is as he is.

  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

This story moved me greatly. I too understand the need of a computer and its benefit to help cope with illness and pain. If it wasn't for my connection to the internet and gaming I'd suffer a great deal. Thank you for sharing this and I hope your friend enjoys this computer greatly.

What games are you 2 playing together? I know Swtor just went free to play and Planet side 2 releases very soon which is also free 2 play. As well Hawken and Mechwarrior online are both releasing really soon and too are both F2P. Just figured if you didn't know about these and wanted more games to enjoy with him I'd list a few.

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I personally would have got 8GB of ram since most games can only max 4GB and so you wont ever touch the 8GB let alone 16GB. I also would have got a Coolermaster 212 plus for $20 and combined those savings to upgrade that GPU just a touch more. That way it would make that system last him a little bit longer with greater performance instead of having something that wont benefit him ever. O.o

  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks, and the 16GB of ram was basically just to try to future proof the build so in a few years we're not going through the same thing over again

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

I had to add this because some people think that gaming is a waste of time and have no idea that for those of us who suffer greatly on a daily basis that gaming actually helps us deal with pain.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20024064-1.html

  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

for a friend in need, your a friend indeed!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! You could have gotten the TI version, but I don't know what difference it makes so if anyone knows, please me (I would love you.) You went a bit overkill on the RAM. I'm not sure about the CPU cooler, looks pretty nasty... Well at least for me, sorry if I offended anyone else. I hope your friend is doing good too, but I don't get the muscle part... What makes his seizures happen?

  • 85 months ago
  • 3 points

I actually love the look of the Zalman coolers, very different style, well built too. About his seizures, he's seen doctors all up and down the eastern seaboard including Johns Hopkins they've never come to a conclusion of what causes his seizures, they've ruled out epilepsy, they're still determining if it's neurological or psychological, I honestly think it's a little of both but I'm not a doctor, but my reasoning is this, when he's stressed he has more seizures, when he's not he has far less, but that could be anything too since stress causes health problems from what I understand, but his symptoms are he has had up to 3 seizures a day he can go consecutive days with seizures I think he's said the most he's had in a week was 11 seizures, he's had this condition since he was 11, side effects of these seizures are muscle soreness. He can't drive and he had a job at gamestop for a long while and they dealt with the seizures but he was put on medical leave pending he gets better, he found another job same thing, then another job same thing, and so on and on. He was going to college but his muscle soreness and fatigue made getting to class a nightmare for him, he tried taking online courses but either the program was horrible or he was unable to wrap his mind around how to deal with it. It's sad too because he is actually a very smart guy, math major and all of that. Currently his seizures are at a low period so he's doing pretty good, about to move in with his fiance of 8 years and that will be good for him as well. Sorry for the long story but thanks for asking.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

TI version is a small step up, it should be called the "665" and it has more CUDA cores and more processing power. OC'd it is about as good as a 670

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

the 660Ti is practically a 670 with a smaller memory bus (670 is 256bit || 660Ti is 192bit)

  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

Well, technically it IS a 670 with a smaller memory bus, no real difference other than that.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm enlgish... and can't even speak the language... thankyou!

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

660 works if it's all you need, and it saves at least $60 over ti, so why not.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

TI version was about $80 or $90 more, I grabbed the 660 on sale for $219 Overall he's really not playing anything more than WoW and Gw2, things like ARMA and Crysis are games he hears me talk about as benchmark games but he has no idea what they are or how graphically intense they can be and the same can be said for most games to him, he's been running on a celeron with no video card for so long that this computer is like Willy Wonka opening up the Chocolate Factory to the kids and saying "here's what you've been missing out on."

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build! very evenly balanced! and im sooo sorry about your friend! i hope that he likes the build!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and yes he's been very appreciative.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and built for a good reason. I would of dropped down to 8GB of RAM, though; the extra 8 won't make a noticeable difference. Other than that, and not knowing how that Zalman performs, your build looks great. :D Keep us posted on how he likes it.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the Zalman CPU coolers, their cases are kind of "meh" overall the case is solid, well built, cool looking and comes with everything, but the way they have the USB 3.0's for the case they are just USB 3.0 cords that plug into USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.0 outlets in the back panel rather than the USB 3.0 slot on the mobo, horrible feature that I wish I noticed prior to ordering.

However about the CPU coolers, I love the design, it's a very quiet fan and I have one on my wife's computer's I7 and it never goes above 40 c even under load, on a side note though it is very prone for the fins to bend if you have it in and are trying to work around it, delicate is not even the word for it, but cools very well.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I know what you mean about the USB 3.0's. I bought the Corsair 650D and the front USB 3.0 have to plug into the motherboards I/O. Kind of a hassle, but I hear there's a converter that you can buy that you can use to plug into the motherboard itself.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn wish I knew that before I sent it off to him in NC, ah well he's happy so I guess it doesn't matter, but good info for a future build if I want to go back to zalman cases.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

you're very nice to do that for your friend, why not more people like you in the world. Oh nice built...

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome story! What a great friend!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

This is pretty cool to do that for your pal. i think Looking over all parts that this is a nice little rig. only slight issue with this is just a personal one and that's the choice of case. Just looks icky to me lol But that's a case and can always be changed at later date.

I think RAM wise you could of just had 8GB (and as i type this others mention this) Fair enough, having 16GB is good for next gen gaming but by then you could have a whole new range of 16GB which could possibly make the RAM you have now obsolete. But its an opinion so don't shoot me down.

I think overall its a nice rig and its an awesome gesture for ya friend

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Good for you, man. Very altruistic of you - karma points! I bet he was so happy to get it. I'm soon about to finish building my friend's first gaming rig (though he paid for parts). He's always been using a laptop to game with us, and often times he has to skip out on demanding games because of that.. so I'm looking forward to how excited he'll be when he gets to use it in a couple weeks time.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

im not sure but in the pic it says 560, can u confirm for me?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

The internal photos were of the GPU that had to be RMA'd back to newegg, wound up upgrading to a GTX 660

As stated in the description. The PSU in the pic is also a corsair builder 430 which was changed out for a corsair builder 500 to meet the GTX 660 wattage requirements. I apologize I failed to take an updated pic before boxing it up to ship it to my friend in NC and had no extra packing tape lying around so that I could unbox it and take another pic.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Right, makes sense now! Good job :)

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, do you like the case?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build but i think mine is better and for less money. check it out here-http://pcpartpicker.com/p/15IZP

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

You are an awesome friend!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel bad for your frien but let's talk about the pc. I would have gotten a amd fx-4130 or something like that adn 8 gigs of ram, I would add a 670 or something like that for more power. Nice PC looks cool but with some expensive components. :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

your a nice guy +1

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

Drop 8 GB of RAM, and it'll be perfect.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Was just trying to future proof it for him, get him through the next wave of gaming and computer usage, whatever and whenever that may be.

  • 86 months ago
  • -1 points

Why would you buy a Fatal1ty mobo? They are a huge waste of money when you can get a nearly identical mobo without the name for about $30 less.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I nearly purchased that same board because it was on sale for just above $100 not to long ago. aside from that I tend to agree, I'm not a huge fan of ASrock, not because they are bad but because they are built cheap, thin, and feel easy to break. If he did get that board during that sale its not a bad deal, just at the list price here a UD3H would have given a more durable stable board with easy BIOS and utilities.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with the brand thing, I would only really recommend the big 3 (asus, msi, and gigabyte), and personally I prefer msi the most just because I've never had one fail on me over a few builds, although I can imagine a similar reliability from the other two.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had no problem with my ASRock Extreme4, except that it's short on the right side, so you can only put in 5 screws. (5 because there is one hole used by a, what I call, position pin.) So putting in the 24-pin was a little weird, but your thumb or a piece of cardboard to stabilize works if you think you're going to break it. Granted, the longevity of the board is still up for grabs as I've only had my PC for roughly a month.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not saying that ASRock make bad boards, because they actually make rather good boards for the money, but they don't have as much of a reputation as the big 3 board manufacturers do. If ASRock continues to improve on their boards and keep up a good reputation in the community, they might become the 4th big board manufacturer.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

You do realize that AsRock was once a division of Asus and that they're leaning towards buying AsRock back? I think overall Asus's Z77 series have been mottled with bad boards if you read the buyer reviews it's a constant "DOA" fest or some other issue. I'm a huge Asus guy just about every piece of electronics I own is Asus including this laptop I'm typing on and the router this reply will eventually go through, I just really wasn't impressed by Asus mobo's lately, As far as MSI and Gigabyte go I almost went for a board of either brand but just simply liked the look and details of the Fatal1ty mobo.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of the 5 mobo's I was looking at for this build the Fatal1ty actually had the best buyer reveiws, I tend to get spooked by things like "DOA" and "this broke" and things like that I don't like to waste money and didn't want to waste time RMA'ing stuff back and forth, and I'd trade that headache for $30 any day. Also to add he's in NC and I'm in FL so it's not like I can just stop by his house and fix it when it's broken and things like that, he has zero computer knowledge other than "wow this looks awesome" so I wanted to pick something that was more or less likely to work out of the box and keep working.

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